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7:20 AM ET, May 20, 2006

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Associated Press:
McCain Gets Cantankerous Reception at Commencement  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Senator John McCain of Arizona received a cantankerous reception during his appearance at the New School commencement Friday, where dozens of faculty members and students turned their backs and raised signs in protest …
Discussion: Donklephant and Daily Pundit
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Ari Berman / The Nation:
McCain at New School: Honeymoon is Over  —  "I haven't heard anyone aroused about me speaking at the New School," John McCain said in April, defending his decision to address Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.  —  Nobody at all, except for virtually the entire crowd at the New School's …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Graduates at New School Heckle Speech by McCain  —  The jeers, boos and insults flew, as caustic as any that angry New Yorkers have hurled inside Madison Square Garden.  The objects of derision yesterday, however, were not the hapless New York Knicks, but Senator John McCain …
Associated Press:
Lieberman Wins Nomination, But Lamont Forces Primary!  —  HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman was nominated for a fourth term by state Democrats tonight, but his anti-war challenger garnered enough delegates to force a primary in August.  —  Backers of Ned Lamont …
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Chris Wattie / National Post:
Experts say report of badges for Jews in Iran is untrue  —  Several experts are casting doubt on reports that Iran had passed a law requiring the country's Jews and other religious minorities to wear coloured badges identifying them as non-Muslims.  —  The Iranian embassy in Otttawa also denied …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Is the Iranian yellow-badges story true? (bumped)
MSNBC:
Gitmo prisoners reportedly ambush guards  —  6 detainees hurt after luring guards with fake suicide attempt, military says … MSNBC staff and news service reports  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Prisoners wielding improvised weapons attacked military guards trying to save a detainee pretending …
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Will Dunham / Reuters:
US guards battle Guantanamo inmates in wild fight  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ten Guantanamo prisoners lured U.S. guards into a cell with a staged suicide attempt, then attacked them with light fixtures, fan blades and other improvised weapons while guards fired rubber balls and used …
Discussion: lgf and E L Frederick
Ben Fox / Associated Press:
6 Gitmo Inmates Hurt in Fight With Guards
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Salon:
Do women want a sex-drive drug?  —  If you could take a drug to become aroused — not just to facilitate the hydraulics of arousal, as Viagra and other vascular sex aids do, but to actually make you horny — would you?  —  I ask because MSNBC is reporting today that New Jersey-based Palatin Technologies …
BBC:
Top Taleban commander 'arrested'  —  A top Taleban leader, Mullah Dadullah, has been captured in Afghanistan, Afghan officials have told the BBC.  —  The senior military commander was said to have been detained by international troops in southern Kandahar province.
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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StrategyPage:   Taliban Video Cameras Eat Dust
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Dispute Over 'USA Today' NSA Scoop Has Top Journos Buzzing  —  NEW YORK The USA Today phone records scoop, which is drawing increased scrutiny as phone companies dispute elements of the report, has also sparked interest among those in the news business, as well as longtime journalism observers.
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t r u t h o u t:
The Rove Indictment Story as of Right Now  —  By Marc Ash,  —  On Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006, TruthOut ran a story titled, "Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators."  The story stated in part that top Bush aide Karl Rove had earlier that day been indicted on the charges set forth in the story's title.
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Milberg Weiss Is Charged With Bribery and Fraud  —  The securities class-action law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman was charged today with several criminal counts, including obstructing justice, perjury, bribery and fraud.  —  The 20-count indictment, handed up by a federal grand jury …
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
An Exclusive Mini-Interview With Congressman Jack Kingston On Illegal Immigration  —  This afternoon, I did an exclusive mini-interview with Congressman Jack Kingston on illegal immigration.  What you'll see below is an edited, partial transcript of our conversation.  Enjoy!
centredaily.com:
Federal appeals judge Edward R. Becker dies at 73  —  PHILADELPHIA - Edward R. Becker, a judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals known for his scholarly opinions and humble lifestyle, died Friday, according to the court.  He was 73.  —  The court's statement did not specify a cause …
Gaius / Blue Crab Boulevard:
Letter From Iraq  —  A while back I wrote about "seeing the elephant", an old phrase that has been used for many years to describe people who have seen war close up.  In it, I wrote: … My son read those words and sent me this email.  I think it helps explain.  See if you do, too.  —  The Elephant
Washington Post:
New Face, Old Evasion  —  AT THE SENATE intelligence committee hearing Thursday on Gen. Michael V. Hayden's nomination to head the CIA, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked the nominee a simple question: Is "waterboarding" an acceptable interrogation technique?
 
 
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Patrick Cockburn / Independent:
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Tim Tagaris / Ned Lamont for Senate:
Tents, Tables and an Air of Arrogance
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A time to fool around and a time to get serious
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Leftovers from the Ralph and Rudy luncheon
Warren Hoge / New York Times:
Darfur Effort Said to Face Collapse
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Dan Whitcomb / Reuters:
Bush opposes English as national language: Gonzales
Business Week:
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Agence France Presse:
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Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Hartford Delegate Credentials Fight
TCS Daily:
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White House:
Press Gaggle by Tony Snow
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Scalia Tells Congress to Mind Its Own Business